China reports 17 killed in fires around Tomb-sweeping Day

08:50, April 06, 2010      

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A total of 17 people were killed in fire accidents nationwide around the Tomb-sweeping Day which falls on Monday, a traditional holiday for Chinese to pay tribute to the dead by burning joss sticks and paper money.

Statistics from the Ministry of Public Security show that from April 3 to Monday noon, 1,651 fires broke out because of tomb-sweeping ceremonies nationwide, killing 17 people, and injuring 32.

The fires also caused 4.45 million yuan (650,000 U.S. dollars) of economic loss.

Compared with previous holidays, the situation this year was describes as "normal" by the ministry. No major accidents were reported, in which more than three were killed, according to a ministry statement.

Around 450 million people in the country went for tomb sweeping during this year's holiday, statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs show.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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